Proud Partners: Barrister Title

We’d like to take the time to thank Barrister Title, our partner, and 2019 Summit Event Sponsor.

It’s all about the closing. As real estate agents, we know that with Barrister Title, we are guaranteed to experience a professional closing that enhances our productivity, while allowing us to properly leverage our client relationships. Barrister ensures only the highest level of personal services, saving time with their team-oriented approach, the latest technology, and seamless document preparation.

Barrister’s national department provides services in all 50 states, expediting closings for both commercial and residential real estate transactions. At each stage of the process, highly skilled, experienced experts will assist you. Their proven track record for building and maintaining strong relationships with underwriters provides unlimited resources for serving their customers’ needs. They believe in the value of long lasting relationships based on trust and mutual understanding.

 


New Home, Same Stuff

After months of negotiations led by your hard-working real estate agent, the jitters of closing day, moving company decisions, furniture shopping or removal, a revolving assortment of paint swatches, carpet samples, and kitchen tile selection, and the actual move itself, you have arrived at your exciting destination: living your dream life in your fantastic new home!

Or that’s how you felt when you first moved. Now that the newness has worn off, you’ve unpacked the necessities and realized that there’s more tedious work to be done. Where did you get all this stuff? And where shall it go? What seems like a herculean feat can actually be broken down into more manageable steps.

• So fresh and so clean, clean

No matter the state of your unpacking, truly getting moved in is a process that will be made easier by starting with a clean slate.

Do a deep clean (or if possible, hire a cleaning service) so that your new rooms are off to a fresh start. If you don’t have time for an extreme clean makeover, simply vacuuming or sweeping before moving in new furniture will mean less mess as you get settled.

If you aren’t able to do a deep clean, designating items to be moved into storage, or organizing your basic needs like kitchen and bathroom items, can set you up well for bigger projects later.

• Make a list of short and long-term action items and goals

Even if your move was executed flawlessly, there will still be a lot to do. Scientific studies have found that getting the plans out of your tired brain and onto the page can make your workload easier to manage.

Instead of spiraling about the monumental tasks ahead, sort your ideas into short-term action items and long-term goals.

Setting aside time to daydream (and budget) for your long-term goals will be satisfying once you’ve gotten the most pressing work out of the way.

• Choosing a particular area to revitalize may unlock other design ideas for the rest of the home

While the modern go-to for decor reinvention is the handy Ikea hack, you don’t have to go all out with a design project to feel like you have refreshed a particular area of your home.

Consider rearranging the layout of an area by re-orienting furniture. Relocating certain pieces such as end tables and smaller shelves can create a new vibe, especially in small spaces.

If you like the current layout, redecorating in small ways can freshen up a room. Spring for a new rug, a house plant, or try new arrangements for surfaces like mantels and bookshelves.

• Moving things around will get your creative juices flowing

Make note of project ideas, rooms in need of some attention at a later date, or minor home repairs so they will remain on your radar.

While the desire to make everything perfect will be strong, realize that taking the time to clean spaces and get organized will be the earliest steps in a long process. Spending time to dream and plan for the future will make your hard work feel worthwhile!


The Time to Buy is Now

 

Looks like it’s becoming harder and harder to be a renter in the US.

The latest rent report from RENTCafe is in, and while the news is not so good for those who currently rent their home, it is very positive for those looking to own in 2019. The national average rent in March was $1,430, which is up 3.2 percent over the same period last year. That is an increase of $44 dollars a month on average, all across the country!

Rents are also up in 92 percent of the nation’s biggest 253 cities. That includes Chicago, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee. Only 2 percent of these cities saw rents decrease over the year! In case you don’t like doing math (which we totally get, by the way), that comes out to…five cities. Yikes.

At d’aprile properties, we look to educate our clients, ensuring that they understand not only the home buying process, but all of the benefits of home ownership as well. Because the truth is, saving money is just the beginning.

 

PRIDE – A renter simply cannot experience the sense of pride and freedom that comes with home ownership. The homeowner has no landlord, no rent payments, and no one to answer to. A homeowner gets to decorate and maintain their home however they may choose, experience the joy of owning a pet, and relax in their own yard with a feeling of accomplishment.

PRIVACY – It’s hard to put a price on peace and quiet. As any renter will likely tell you, sharing walls with other tenants can be awkward at best, and downright annoying at worst. Plus, a landlord can at times have unfettered access to your living space. Owning a home provides safety and security, as well as peace of mind.

POTENTIAL – Perhaps the most significant benefit of homeownership is the opportunity to build equity. Keep this in mind: even if you’re currently renting, you’re still paying a mortgage. It simply belongs to someone else. Owning your home means that each month you’ll be putting money toward your own valuable investment, instead of in your landlord’s pocket.

We would love to be a part of your home ownership dream. Get started by clicking on our logo below. We’re here for you every step of the way.

 


d’aprile properties comes to Gurnee and Lindenhurst!

When you’ve got a good thing going, it’s only natural to want more.

At d’aprile properties, we love being an integral part of the communities that we serve. Each has its own personality, its own unique flavor that draws people toward it, looking for a place to call home. That’s why we will always look to grow, to expand outward into new neighborhoods and meet amazing new people. This business is all about building relationships, and the best part of our job is the opportunity to share in our clients’ experience as they embark on their own personal journey as homeowners.

We aren’t looking to blend in with the local flavor. Instead, we hope to find communities that already share the qualities that form the foundation of our company’s culture. Innovation. Independence. Positivity. And with that in mind, we are proud to announce that d’aprile properties has come to the exceptional northern Illinois communities of Gurnee and Lindenhurst.

These locales exist as wholly unique residential markets on their own, but together they form a bridge between our Illinois and Wisconsin markets. Seated within 10 miles of the state border, residents commute back and forth, connecting the cosmopolitan “collar counties” of Northern Illinois with the agricultural focal point that is the Eastern Ridges and Lowlands of Southern Wisconsin.

But Team Gurnee and Team Lindenhurst aren’t new to their respective neighborhoods. Managing Broker Alex Attiah has been providing real estate services in the area for the last 18 years. Together with his wife Deb, Alex formed REIT Homes, an independent brokerage in Grayslake. They soon relocated their home office to Gurnee, and expanded to Lindenhurst in 2017. Their unique brand of expert local real estate services has resulted in significant growth, and the team has expanded to more than 40 agents in two offices. Alex knew that the time had come to join forces with a brokerage who shared their ideals, a company who was forward-thinking, genuine, and not afraid of change.

In d’aprile properties, Alex knew he had found the right match. “After meeting with the d’aprile Leadership Team, I knew we were aligning ourselves with good, genuine people. We’ve been looking for a true partnership, where our team could join a culture that is independent, innovative – and most of all – positive. d’aprile properties is a ‘yes culture’ – when faced with a challenge, they simply ask themselves, ‘How can we make it happen?'”

Gurnee thrives on commerce; with its booming retail market and wealth of entertainment options, the city is always moving. Lindenhurst offers a little more peace and quiet; the close-knit community and its inviting landscape provide the perfect backdrop for families and small businesses. According to Alex, while Gurnee and Lindenhurst may offer different things to different people, the two neighbors combine to form the perfect lifestyle. “Gurnee is uniquely alive; people filter into it from the surrounding areas, drawn to all the amazing amenities it provides. Lindenhurst is more serene alternative – a bedroom community with a wonderful mom-and-pop feel. Together, they offer a little something for everyone.”

Alex wants the communities of Gurnee and Lindenhurst to know that while the name on the front of the building may be changing, his teams’ approach to customer service has not. “Our dedication to serving the communities of Gurnee and Lindenhurst has never wavered. We will always give 110% of ourselves to you, because we ARE you. We’re your neighbors. We’re parents at your kids’ schools, shouting on the sidelines of their soccer games. We’re behind you in line at the grocery store, and beside you at the gym. We will always support you, because this is our home, too. We are so excited for what the future will bring, and are proud to bring the trusted brand of d’aprile properties to this amazing area.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


How to Shovel Snow Without Breaking the Bank (Or Your Back)

 

It’s the Midwest – snow is a fact of life. Sure, it has its perks. It’s fun to sled on. You can form it into a ball and fling at someone who can take a joke (and a shot to the arm). And boy does it look beautiful while falling slowly on Christmas morning.

But unless you are under the age of 10, dear Reader (and if so, go out and play!), snow can also be a major antagonist when it comes in a flash instead of a flurry. After all, at some point, you’ll need to get out of your driveway. Your pup will need a place to pee. And if you live in the city, there is little doubt you’ve dealt with the prospect of having to clear out a parking space on the street before someone tries to swipe it (DIBS!).

Shoveling snow is not only an inconvenient chore, it’s also a serious health hazard if done without proper care. According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, more than 11,500 adults and children are sent to the hospital across the country each year for snow shoveling-related injuries. These range from bad backs and broken bones, to more serious situations such as fatal heart attacks. Your best bet is to invest in a quality snow blower that will bear the burden for you. But for those battling blizzards on a budget, a little planning will go a long way.

 

So before you slip on your boots and head outside to start scooping, consider the following safety tips:

Choose Your Weapon: To battle the snow effectively, you need the right shovel. Yes, shovels can vary drastically in both quality and style, so be sure to pick the one that best suits your situation. Length can be key, depending on your height. If in doubt, go long to prevent excessive crouching or bending, and choose a shovel with a natural curve. A sharp metal edge at the end will also help you break through layers of ice without too much force. You can get your hands on a quality shovel for $25-50, depending on your needs.

Assume the Position: The best way to avoid painful back issues is to try and keep your head, neck, and tailbone lined up. Avoid arching your lower back, which naturally puts undo strain on your upper back and shoulders. Just like your personal trainer is always yelling – work that core! Take a deep breath, and do your best to tighten up your midsection with every scoop; this motion will keep your spine more stable and protect your vertebrae from getting in a twist.

Show a Little Patience: It’s easy to jump hastily into the shoveling process. Most people start right out of bed in order to make that morning meeting or get the kids to school on time. But attacking heavy snowfalls head first without prep or process can lead directly to injury. Do your best to shovel at least an hour after eating, and hold off on your morning coffee/caffeine until after you’ve finished. Instead, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Make sure to stretch, and warm up a bit by walking in place. Wear multiple layers of clothing, including a warm hat, gloves, scarf, and boots (preferably with non-slip soles).

You’ve got this! With the right tools and approach, ridding your property of the season’s snowfall won’t put pressure on your spine, or your pocketbook. Before you know it, you’ll be back in the warmth and safety of your home, able to admire the winter season properly…through the window!

 


Tips for Downsizing: Helping a Senior Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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Let’s say hello again to guest-blogger Jim Vogel, co-founder of ElderAction. Jim and his wife Caroline dedicate their time to helping ensure that senior citizens thrive throughout their golden years by sharing pertinent resources and information. Today he provides a somber but important message:

Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia that largely affects seniors over the age of 65. Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s; 36 million people are affected worldwide. The disease can progress over the course of anywhere from two to 20 years, but the average amount of time people with Alzheimer’s live after diagnosis is only eight to 10 years. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is very important. The earlier signs of dementia are caught, the more effective medications and therapy are at treating it.

Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Memory loss
  • Issues with planning and problem solving
  • Ordinary tasks are suddenly difficult
  • Confusion with times and places
  • Vision changes
  • Troubles with vocabulary and communication
  • Misplacing items
  • Poor judgments concerning things like money or hygiene
  • Social withdrawal and loss of motivation
  • Mood swings that include feeling depressed, scared, or anxious

 

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Caregiving, Downsizing, and Alzheimer’s

If a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, they will eventually need a caregiver to handle their needs. Caregiving involves ensuring they make it to doctor’s appointments, and emotionally supporting them in the event of a loss, among many other tasks. An important thing that caregivers can help Alzheimer’s patients with is beginning the process of downsizing. While an Alzheimer’s patient may be able to age in place during the early stages of the disease, they will need to move to an assisted living situation for their health and safety as it progresses. Starting the downsizing process as soon as possible will make that transition less stressful.

What to Throw Out

Ask friends or family if they have a paper shredder you can use during the downsizing process, because a lot of the trash will be documents and files that are no longer needed. A lot of the information in these documents may be useless, but it’s better to shred than be sorry. Also, prepare to throw out clothes that are unwearable — things that are stained, stretched out, ripped, or destroyed. If you really hate the idea of adding more clothing to your local landfill, you can give old threads a new life through a textile recycling program. You should also be prepared to throw out memorabilia, including old trophies, medals, and awards. And while you can hold on to some physical copies of photos, you’ll want to free up space by trashing a majority of them. Consider investing in a tablet and uploading images of each photo so your loved one can have a digital photo album they can flip through whenever they want.

 

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What to Donate

Kitchen gadgets and small appliances (think: toaster, waffle iron, mixer, etc) are great donations for local charities, especially if they’re in good condition. Old holiday decorations are also great for thrift shops — just avoid donating things like strings of lights with the bulbs blown out. Finally, clothes that are in good enough condition to wear again can be donated to nonprofits. Consider looking into specific charities for certain outfits. For instance, if your loved one still has a number of office-appropriate dresses and suits in her closet, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing them with clothes and skills they need to land a job.

What to Sell

Books and movies are perhaps the easiest items to sell, though you likely won’t make much off of what you get rid of. Contact your local used bookstores and see if they offer a pick-up service. Furniture is another smart thing to sell. List items on sites like Craigslist or Letgo to make some money off items that deserve a second chance. If you’re really motivated, try throwing a yard sale to get rid of everything from framed artwork to throw pillows. After the sale is done, you can contact a local thrift shop to pick up whatever is leftover.

Alzheimer’s patients may be able to care for themselves in the early stages, but eventually, a caretaker has to step in and help. One of the things to start with early is downsizing possessions for when they move out of their current home. Above all, caregivers should be there physically and emotionally for their senior loved ones during the downsizing process.

 

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Never a Dull Moment: Chi-Town Events We Look Forward To in 2019

Chicago. This city is unique, one of the greatest in the world for reasons too many to count. But off the top of our heads?

Best pizza on planet earth. The lakefront. Bill Murray. Wrigley Field. Blues, jazz, soul, and gospel. Second City. Buddy Guy. Navy Pier. Seventy-seven unique and eclectic neighborhoods, bursting at the seams with doctors, artists, soldiers, nurses, and teachers.

To live here is to wake up every day in the cultural epicenter of this country, and we couldn’t be more proud to represent it. The Windy City is afire no matter what month of the year, as the color and character of this amazing town shines through no matter the season.  Turn down any street corner, and you’ll happily stumble onto an art festival, food tasting, or concert.

2019 is already shaping up to be a memorable year for Chicagoland. Let’s take a look at five unique Chicago events that we can’t wait for in the year’s first half.

 

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1/25 through 2/7 – Chicago Restaurant Week: For the twelfth consecutive year, spend two weeks on a culinary cruise hosted by hundreds of celebrated restaurants from all across the city. This year’s Restaurant Week will be the largest ever, with nearly 400 local venues participating, alongside 45 suburban eateries.

 

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2/5 through 2/10 – Chinese New Year in Chicago: The Year of the Pig begins on February 5th, with a kick-off celebration honoring centuries-old Chinese customs and traditions, coinciding with the arrival of a new moon. Dining, dancing, and dragons in the street; it all culminates in the crazy, colorful Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown on February 10th.

 

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3/9 – Yacht Party, Chicago’s Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day Booze Cruise: Sure, you’ve done the parade. You’ve marveled at the emerald green Chicago river. But if you really want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style, you couldn’t do better than boarding a three story, 140-foot luxury yacht on Lake Michigan. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, then dance the night away at the after party!

 

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4/5 & 4/6 – Baconfest Chicago: An annual celebration of the world’s most perfect food. From local craft bacons and bacon-related products, to bacon-inspired cocktails and brews, Baconfest appeals to the porcine enthusiast in all of us. Not your average food festival, Baconfest has raised over $400,000 and distributed more than 1.2 million meals to hungry people in the area since 2009.

 

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6/8 & 6/9 – Printer’s Row Litfest: Considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, Printer’s Row Litfest is a must-attend for any book lover. The festival features features a jam-packed lineup of author talks, panel discussions, workshops, cooking demos, music, readings, children’s programming, and poetry readings and slams. Have a great time while soaking in a little bit of knowledge and culture.

 

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5/17 through 5/23 – 7th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF): Taking place at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre, CCFF will give Chicagoans the opportunity to see the some of the year’s most talked-about films weeks or even months before making their box office debuts. While 2019’s lineup is yet to be announced, last year’s festival saw the local premieres of current Oscar-hopefuls Eighth Grade and First Reformed, and included a special 25th anniversary screening of Jurassic Park.

The city of Chicago never stops moving, and we’ll be spending the first half of 2019 doing our best to keep up.  We hope you’ll join us!


Make the Most of Moving Day

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Have you ever asked a friend to help you move into a new house or apartment? The reaction is almost always comical, as if you just asked them for their kidney while slowly twirling your mustache. Their eyes swell, and sweat trickles down the side of their head as they frantically search for an excuse that won’t make them look like a complete jerk. That old football injury all of a sudden rears its ugly head for the first time in 20 years. Or your friend, who is an only child, remembers that their niece’s birthday is that same weekend. 

It’s completely understandable – moving stinks! It’s the opposite of fun, takes up your whole Saturday, and then laughs at you on Sunday when you struggle to get out of bed. This is exactly why more and more people these days are hiring professional movers to get the job done. It is especially prevalent in the city, where often times you need an expert to get your couch up three flights of stairs, around two corners, and through that narrow doorway. Sure, you may end up spending a little bit more money, but you’ll spare your back and save your sanity.

 

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Remember that when choosing the right mover for the job however, you need to consider more than just price. Research each company and their policies thoroughly. Don’t forget, you are letting someone you don’t know into your home, and giving them access to your possessions. The reality is that there are a lot of scams out there, and companies looking to take advantage of innocent customers. A little due diligence goes a long way to ensure you’re protecting your family and your property.

As with most things, you can complete your search for local movers online. Make sure to take the following into consideration when choosing a company:

  •       How long has the moving company been in business, and are they licensed?
  •       Do they have any reviews online, and have they won any awards or accolades for service?
  •       How many movers will be on the job? How long will the job take?
  •       Will the moving crew wrap and protect your furniture to prevent damages?

Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, be sure to then visit either the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org), or the American Moving and Storage Association (www.moving.org). Both sites will allow you to read reviews of various candidates, as well as see any complaints that have been reported.

Finally, check your current homeowners or renter’s policy – your personal items may already be covered financially during a move as part of your current plan. If not, you may want to consider purchasing supplemental moving insurance (Movinginsurance.com is a good place to start, or simply call your current home insurance provider). Once you’ve done the necessary homework, you’ll feel comfortable letting someone else transfer your belongings from your old house, to your new home.  

 

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Tips for Accommodating Your Home-Based Business’ Growth Spurt

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Once again, we welcome Jim Vogel, co-founder of ElderAction, who focuses on helping ensure seniors thrive throughout their golden years by sharing pertinent resources and information.

Do you run a business out of your home? If so, you’re in good company. A recent study showed that more than half (69 percent) of all businesses in the United States were started in someone’s home. In fact, even Apple got its humble start as a home-based business when Steve Jobs launched it from a garage. (That very same garage is now listed as a historic site.)

For Carrie Wilkerson, founder of The Barefoot Executive, the primary motivation for starting a business was getting out of debt and providing a better life for her children. As a wife and mother, Carrie worried that long hours spent working at a day job would prevent her from watching her children grow up. She decided to start her own home-based business, and now runs multiple six-figure businesses from her own home — and with the love and support of her family.

Although it’s true that not all businesses will see the success that Wilkerson or Jobs have seen, that doesn’t mean your business can’t be successful. You’ve probably heard that most small businesses don’t survive their first year, but new data is actually showing this might not be true. On the contrary, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that only 20 percent of businesses survive their first year. Nearly half of all businesses survive for five years or more, and one in three businesses will last 10 years or longer.Whatever your reasons for starting a business might be, if you’ve survived this long and your business is growing, congratulations! You’re living every small business owner’s dream. Now that sales are rolling in and the demand for your products and services is increasing, all the freedoms of running your own business from home are at your fingertips.

Although it’s a good problem to have, sometimes business growth means your home office can no longer accommodate the site of your business. If that’s the case for you, then it’s time to find a way to make your home accommodate your business growth so you can reach your full potential. For many small business owners, that means two things: upsizing your home and funding more growth.

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Upsizing Your Home

If your home no longer accommodates your business, consider upsizing. There are a few key things that home-based entrepreneurs should look for in a new home.

  • Price and expenses. Before moving into a bigger house, make sure you can afford it. It won’t do your business any good if you are stuck in a mortgage that’s beyond your budget. You’ll either get burned out with the hustle or you might have to give up your business ventures all together to focus on making ends meet with a full-time job.
  • Office space. Home-based business owners have to consider something that other homeowners don’t: where to work during the day. You’ll need a quiet, distraction-free room that is large enough to accommodate any office supplies, inventory, desks, and other equipment related to your business.
  • Location, location, location. Consider how conveniently located your new home will be, including high-speed internet access and distance to clients.

Funding Your Growing Business

Regardless of whether you’re upsizing your home, you’ll also want to consider how you’ll fund your continued business growth. Business credit cards or loans can be a great way to do this. When securing a credit card or loan for your business expenses, it’s important to understand processing fees and rates and how to lower transaction fees.

The things listed above may not be the most fun considerations when running a business or purchasing a new home. However, it is crucial to consider them before you make a big decision. Otherwise, you might get locked into a mortgage for 30 years that isn’t right for you and only ends up hurting your business. Save yourself some trouble and money by researching these things in advance so you can make the right decision for you — and for your business.

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#daprilecares: A Step Forward

 

For almost a month now, we have been sharing the stories of our d’aprile family with you.  Each has come straight from the heart of one of our own affected by T1D, as they detail the struggle their families face each morning they wake.  But the point of all this was not to focus on the negative, on the strife.  They have been stories of bravery, of perseverance.  Of individuals who have been dealt a terrible hand, who choose to stand by each other, united.  Rather than let T1D knock them down, they choose to stand proud, and fight back.  Over the last month, many of you have offered to stand beside them, in any way that you can.  

For that, we here at d’aprile properties are forever grateful.

But anyone who has acted as a voice for change knows that it is not a road easily traveled.  If it were, there would be no battles left to fight.  It takes time, it takes true effort.  Inevitably, there will be a moment along the way where it seems as if real change is a horizon too distant to reach.  That’s when doubt begins to creep in, and many question whether their efforts hold merit.  The hard truth is, it is that very moment when we must find ourselves, and the strength to take that next step, no matter how tired or hopeless we may feel.  Because if we don’t fight with passion in our words and honesty in our actions, can we reasonably expect anyone to listen?

 

Our own Archie Vetter, and his nephew Jaret, diagnosed 12 years ago (now 22 years old)

That is why we are proud to applaud the amazing efforts of the JDRF organization, and the Type 1 Diabetes community as a whole.  This past Wednesday, their actions helped the good guys reach a significant milestone in the war against T1D.  On September 28th, the FDA approved the Medtronic hybrid closed loop system, the first ever to automate the dosing of insulin to reduce high blood sugar levels.  Akin to an artificial pancreas system, it allows people with T1D the ability to remain closer to their target blood sugar levels more consistently.  But perhaps more importantly, it represents a tangible victory in the battle against this loathsome disease.  It represents hope – hope that type 1 diabetics are not alone in this fight, and that a cure is possible in their lifetime.  

 

Randy (diagnosed 27 years ago) & Ava (4 years ago) Mihelich, fighting together, as always

But while a significant battle has been won, the war is far from over.  This Sunday, October 2nd, d’aprile properties will join the T1D community in JDRF’s One Walk.  This is JDRF’s flagship fundraiser, the largest T1D charitable event in the world.  People of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds will come together to make a statement.  And most importantly, they will walk side-by-side with those who are currently living with T1D, who refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch others fight their battles for them.  Their courage turns hope into something more.

Katie Mihelich and Liz Catalano, T1D mothers, with Ryan D’aprile (founder and CEO)

The window for donating to the cause has not closed – by simply following THIS LINK, you can pledge your support to this amazing organization, and do your part to create real change.  If you don’t have the money to spare, simply join us in the walk, and show your support and admiration for the resiliency of this community.  

And if you can’t join us today, do what you can to show your support tomorrow.  The cause will continue, long after this year’s One Walk is over.  It doesn’t stop when we hit our monetary goal.  We can’t rest, simply because we reached a critical milestone.  It ends when we find a cure.  When Luca, Ava, John, and all our other brothers and sisters can finally sleep easy at night, and wake up with a smile on their faces.  Ready to live their lives to the fullest.

We are greater than our sadness.  Because we know that joy is worth fighting for, every minute of every day.  Luckily, there is not a single one of us who has to fight alone.